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3 Collaborative Cardboard Art Projects for Toddlers

My two year old daughter loves creating. Luckily, I'm of the philosophy that children need to have access to many different types of art supplies from a young age. Because of this, I keep a wide range of items that will engage and spark curiosity in my daughter. Our cupboards are filled to the brim;… Continue reading 3 Collaborative Cardboard Art Projects for Toddlers

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Fostering a Love of Literacy in Your Classroom

I spent my first year teaching as a Special Education teacher in a resource room setting. My students qualified for special education because of learning disabilities, emotional impairments, moderate cognitive impairments, ADHD, and some displayed characteristics of autism. Although each student was incredibly unique in their needs academically, socially, and emotionally, all of my students… Continue reading Fostering a Love of Literacy in Your Classroom

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A Few of Her Favorites

Our daughter is almost thirteen months old. It's such a blessing to watch her grow in personality, enjoyment, curiosity, and love. It's bittersweet & almost as if the time is slipping through our fingers. Now that she is walking around the house quite confidently, I've been able to see what activities she enjoys the most.… Continue reading A Few of Her Favorites

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I See You

As the daughter of a special education teacher and a special education teacher myself, I'm pretty familiar with labels. Learning alongside my neurodiverse and disabled students unfortunately included writing IEP's about their strengths and weaknesses, often after only meeting these wonderful humans for just a few hours. Sometimes thirty minutes. Boy were these fabulous souls… Continue reading I See You

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6 Infant Toys You Already Have

Now that our daughter is nine months old, she is completely aware of all the different toys in her exploration space. She shows preference for certain toys...like the purple puzzle piece with a belt buckle clasp and her tiny indestructible plastic book. She loves taking apart the drawers of her small storage container, crawling into… Continue reading 6 Infant Toys You Already Have

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Creating an Explore Space for Crawlers (8-12 months)

I know. I've been MIA lately. BAD NEWS: It's been over two months since I wrote a blog post. GOOD NEWS: I have a nine month old crawler on my hands!! EXHAUSTING NEWS: We are trying to get our daughter to sleep in her crib, self-soothe, and drink breast-milk every 4 hours instead of on… Continue reading Creating an Explore Space for Crawlers (8-12 months)

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The Privilege of Choice

I believe in public schools. My mother's service to others as a public school teacher at a center-based special education school as well as Jonathan Kozol 's work in educational inequality and social justice made a huge impact on me from a young age. I vowed to myself that I would always teach in a… Continue reading The Privilege of Choice